Manchester Cathedral Organ

VOLITION
MANCHESTER

BE A PART OF IT

In April 2012, Volition the cathedral volunteer programme was launched by Manchester Cathedral. Starting with just 15 volunteers the programme quickly gained momentum and within our first two years over 100 people had gained a job with our support. Now we have twice as many volunteers each year than when we started and more than 700 volunteers have taken part. Volunteers from earlier groups are still around to support and mentor new groups coming in, inspiring them to grasp the opportunity with both hands and achieve their full potential.

Volunteering – There’s a wide variety of roles available and volunteers are matched to a role to give them the skills and experience needed to secure employment. Manchester can offer roles in;–Welcoming, Administration, Caretaking, Retail, Barista, Kitchen Porter, Bee Keeping, Education, Gardening, Cooking and Conferencing.

Employers  We knew that bringing employers on board would be vital to the success of the programme. Our main ask was to guarantee job interviews to our volunteers but now they do so much more as well including; delivering training sessions, donating interview clothes, allowing access to training room, careers talks and offering legal advice. Our partnership has grown massively in membership winning the Business in the Community Award with Manchester City Council. Extra special thanks go to The Manchester Arndale, Proper Tea, Kelly Services, the Renaissance Hotel, DWF Solicitors and Virgin Money, NCP, CityCo, Harvey Nichols, McDonald Hotel most of these have been with us from the start.

Partners – As the programme has grown our collaborated with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service have developed to create more opportunities. Volunteers train with GMFRS as Fire Safety Officers enabling them to provide fire safety advice to vulnerable people in their homes and fit smoke alarms. We’re also developing volunteer roles with Manchester City Council where our volunteers operate at the Cenotaph to offer a welcome to visitors. We have other vital partners for the programme include:

  • The Shaw Trust
  • Procure Plus
  • Motivate
  • Challenge4Change
  • Manchester College
  • DWP / Jobcentre Plus
  • CityCo
  • Glue Creative Production Solutions Ltd
  • European Union Social Fund
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • The Printworks
  • Grape & Grain Catering Ltd

 

 

Success Stories

CHARLENE BURTON

I was at an all time low when I was introduced to the volunteer programme I was trying to find work but couldn't, being a single mum I found it...

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GED HUMPHRIES

My life didn’t have any direction before I started volunteering at the cathedral. Now I’m working at St Deny’s bookshop as a sales assistant, I’m getting driving lessons and life...

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MARIA BRABINER

If it hadn't been for the Volunteer Programme I wouldn't have even considered working as a kitchen porter. I am 50 years old later this year and never thought I'd...

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RICHARD ROYLANCE

I wasn’t getting responses from employers when I applied for jobs which really affected my confidence and I started to think I’d never find a job. Volition changed all that,...

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MANCHESTER TEAM

ANTHONY O'CONNOR

Director of Fundraising & Development

TONY MAUNDER

Volunteer Programme Coordinator

JOHN EMSLEY

Volunteer Programme Coordinator

CANON ADRIAN RHODES

Volunteer Bee Coordinator
Amber

AMBER SANCHEZ

Deputy Beekeeper
Andy Pierce

Any’s Pierce

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator
Amie Smith

Amie Smith

Admin Assistant

LOCATION

CONTACT

Manchester Cathedral
Victoria Street
Manchester
M3 1SX

 

Tel: 0161 833 2220
Email: anthony@volitioncommunity.org

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